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Canada: Iranian Man Tried to Board Plane With Bomb Materials

Iranian-born Canadian citizen attempted to board plane with bomb-making materials, motive unknown.

 

An Iranian-born Canadian citizen trying to board a plane was arrested Sunday morning, after bomb-making materials were discovered in his carry-on bag.

A routine inspection found that 71 year old Antony Piazza, who changed his name 27 years ago from Houshang Nazemi, had materials in the pull-out handle of his carry-on that could be used to make an explosive charge.

The incident occurred at Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport where Piazza was attempting to board a Los Angeles bound plane.

Montreal police are puzzled by the suspect’s motives. The New York Times reported a statement released by the police on Monday noting he had no accomplice, nor was he working on behalf of any organization.

Louis P. Morena, Piazza’s lawyer, says his client told him he was carrying the bag for someone else, without specifying whom.

Morena, speaking to reporters, said regarding the material Piazza was carrying: “They’re talking about bullets, they’re talking about powder, they’re talking about wire, they’re talking about briquette.”

Hours after the arrest, police searched Piazza’s apartment in the LaSalle neighborhood of Montreal, as reported by website Shalom Toronto. Part of the neighborhood was closed by police for several hours during the investigation.

Piazza is charged with possession of explosives, attempting to bring explosives on a civilian plane, and disturbing public order. If found guilty he is liable to serve up to 10 years in prison.

This is not the first run-in with the law for the Iranian immigrant. In 1985, he was given ten years’ imprisonment for smuggling heroin, and in 1992 he was found guilty of fraud.

In a 2006 interview with Montreal-based French-language newspaper La Presse, Piazza, going by his original name of Nazemi, said he fled Iran in 1979 to escape the Islamic Revolution, and in Montreal opened a video rental store for fellow exiles nostalgic for the days of the Shah.

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Jalili: Iran doesn’t recognize Israel’s ‘red line’

Iranian negotiation says he would continue resisting int’l community demands on nuclear program if elected president.

Iran does not recognize Israel as a state or the “red line” determined by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Iranian nuclear negotiator and candidate in the Iranian presidential election Saeed Jalili told the Financial Times on Thursday.

The Iranian negotiator vowed to continue resisting the demands of the international community to halt production of 20% enriched uranium, and insisted the Islamic Republic only wants to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes, under the rights granted in the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

“We have said that what has been produced is for our domestic and pharmaceutical needs. [Western powers] see that the fuel is [produced] under the supervision of IAEA inspectors in Fordow and Natanz [enrichment facilities] and they see this is used for peaceful purposes,” he said.

“We do not want anything beyond [Iran’s rights under] the NPT [Non-Proliferation Treaty]. We naturally expect to enjoy our rights under the NPT. The main question is why they [the major powers] do not recognize Iran’s right to uranium enrichment under the NPT,” Jalili added.

Jalili also expressed confidence that if he were to be elected president in next month’s election, he would not have any problem recovering the Iranian economy from the burden of sanctions imposed on it by Western nations.

“At least over the past few years when I have been carefully following the effects of sanctions, I see that they can be easily bypassed and turned into opportunities,” he said.

He also harshly criticized the US, dismissing the possibility of holding direct talks with Washington to resolve the nuclear stalemate.

Explaining the distrust the Iranian people have to the Americans, Jalili accused Washington of supporting ousted Shah Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi after the 1979 Iranian Revolution, as well as supporting ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

“The US has seriously obstructed the goals and wishes of the Islamic Republic and the Iranian nation, which cannot be denied… The Iranian nation’s behavior over the past 34 years shows that the US cannot do whatever it wants,” he said.

He also accused the US of inconsistency in handling of the nuclear stalemate. “The US seriously opposed Iran’s nuclear program when they thought they had no rival in the world. But then they said they were seeking international consensus, but that did not succeed, either. Then again they went back to unilateral moves. This shows the US’s confusion,” he said.

Khamenei aide says “total upheaval in the Middle East” will bring the Mahdi

From AEI Critical Threats:

Representative of Supreme Leader to the IRGC, Hojjat al-Eslam Ali Saidi addressed the coming of the Mahdi [12th Shia Imam]:
“The fourth way [of bringing about the arrival of the Mahdi] is by preparing upheaval in the Middle East and so long as there is not total upheaval in Middle East then the Imam of the Era [Mahdi] will not arrive.

“Before the arrival of [the Mahdi] we needed a Mahdi government, and the Iranian Islamic Revolution was along the path of the arrival of Imam of the Era.”

The Washington Post describes some of this possible upheaval to fulfill the crazed imams’ messianic dreams:

In a defiant move ahead of nuclear talks, Iran has announced plans to vastly increase its pace of uranium enrichment, which can make both reactor fuel and the fissile core of warheads. Eager to avoid scuttling those negotiations, world powers are keeping their response low-key.

The brief note quoted Iran as saying new-generation IR2m “centrifuge machines …will be used” to populate a new “unit” — a technical term for an assembly that can consist of as many as 3,132 centrifuges.

Mark Fitzpatrick, a non-proliferation expert and former senior official at the U.S. State Department, described the planned upgrade as a potential “game-changer.”

“If thousands of the more efficient machines are introduced, the timeline for being able to produce a weapon’s worth of fissile material will significantly shorten,” said Fitzpatrick, of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

“This won’t change the several months it would take to make actual weapons out of the fissile material or the two years or more that it would take to be able to mount a nuclear warhead on a missile, so there is no need to start beating the war drums,” he said. “But it will certainly escalate concerns.”

But, hey, the West is really, really pushing Iran – to talk:

The British Foreign Office confirmed that Iran had informed the International Atomic Energy Agency of its plan, and described it as “a cause for concern,” noting it breached both U.N. Security Council and IAEA board resolutions urging Iran to curb enrichment.

But it avoided linking the move to the next round of talks. Instead the statement expressed hope that Iran would soon respond to the six powers on a time and place for a meeting, adding: “We hope that Iran will agree to talks quickly and come to the table ready to engage and negotiate seriously.”

The European Union’s top foreign policy official, Catherine Ashton, said she is confident negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program will resume soon.

Talks have been so effective over the past decade in curbing Iran’s nuclear program, haven’t they?

(h/t Washington Guardian Geopolitics Playbook)and EoZ